The films I always go back to : Say Anything (1989)
Here’s my entry for The Kid In The Front Row's recent blogathon
“The films I always go back to” is where bloggers write about the film they always find themselves re-visiting after stressful weeks, or messy break-ups, or maybe just because they love it so much.
Truth be told I regularly watch the trailer for this 80s romantic comedy, its kind of like a pick-me-up, if I'm feeling down, probably my favorite trailer ever(Into the wild is up there in my top 5 trailers as well)
Warning, the trailer contains spoilers:
I haven’t seen the film that many times, I think it would spoil any film to re-watch too often, I feel that about all films. Having said that, Say Anything brings a smile to my face just thinking about it. No doubt it’s because the characters feel so real, and the dialogue is so witty and memorable.
The film you feel is personal to director Cameron Crowe, the story moves me, I care about and like Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court. It was Crowe's directorial debut.
The story is different to your regular formulaic rom-com, you can’t guess the ending. In that way, I feel it mirrors real life, you wonder and are interested in what will happen to them after the end credits.
The story dares to be normal, the insecurity of the characters makes you remember what it was like to have the same emotions and experiences growing up. What will happen after you’ve finished high school? Will you still be friends with your school mates? how will your parents react to a new boyfriend/girlfriend? You can compare the coming-of-age tale to your own life, and see all the mistakes you made, or risks you took, dreams you had. The film makes me yearn to experience that time in my life all over again ( :
John Cusack is probably a little bit too old to play the high school kid, but the story of his first love is heartwarming and funny.
Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest modern movie romance, and it was ranked number 11 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 best high-school movies.
I love the use of the Peter Gabriel song, In Your Eyes, a classic moment of music and moviemaking.
To put it simply, a film I will always go back to and treasure.
Do you have your own film you always go back to? Feel free to join the blogathon and post your own.